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I have Macbook Hard drive , I am trying to recover data.  I connected to my HP PC.  It does not recognize the hard drive.  I have got runtime software for data recovery.  It sees the hard drive but it says it does not have NTFS or FAT file system.  How to access this hard drive and recover data. Thanks
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The filesystem from your Mac is most likely in HFS format not NTFS or FAT which are used by Windows. And I do not think runtime supports HFS.

You don't say what type of drive failure you are seeing but if it's just a lost partition Testdisk can run from Windows and works with HFS.... http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

If not describe your situation in more detail.
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As veedar mentioned, you need a tool that will recover HFS+, not NTFS/FAT. An excellent tool that I have used more than once is Prosoft Data Recover: http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php
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But you will need to recover it using a Mac, not to a PC. Consider using DataRescue III as suggested by Mathew, above. You can get DataRescue on a Bootable PC and recover to an external USB drive. Alternatively, if you have another Mac, you can use Firewire Target Disk Mode:  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1661
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P.S. How do you know you need data recovery? Have you tried repairing the drive from your install disk using Disk Utility?
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As previously suggested, try to repair with Disk Utility first.. if it does need data recovery, definitely use something like Data Rescue for the Mac.. You'll get much better results and less headache than trying to use your Windows PC app.
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If you still want to access the drive using Windows OS then you need special driver that can read HFS+ file system.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/
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Thanks to everyone for your input.  I found this link on youtube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTdiPSf2E0  Disaster recovery for Mac.

I created linux Mint CD.  I was able to boot up the Macbook with it.  Now I can access the hard drive.  I just need help with how to format the flash drive to use with this macbook.   Thanks
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Now I accessed the pictures on the hard drive.  When copy and paste them onto the flash drive it says error while copying "data". The flash drive is formatted to fat32.  Can any one help-thanks
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Looks like the data is corrupt. How big the data files are? If you have working Mac machine then format the USB flash drive in HFS+ try to copy there.
Also, where are you trying to copy the data in? Linux? MacOS or Windows?
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Most likely fat32 is not your problem unless you are trying to copy files larger then 4GB.

As noxcho says it appears you have some corruption on your drive, perhaps bad sectors.

If so consider taking a sector by sector image copy of your drive and recovering your data from the image.
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Hi, The data is not corrupt.  Thanks for your help.

Basically these are the steps I did and it worked:

Boot the Macbook using Linux mint cd
Once booted up go to Macintosh HD , then users , then the directory you want to copy.
Open that directory as administrator
Copy the file or files you want to copy
open your external hard drive or flash drive
Paste it.
It worked.

Hope this helps to some one else thanks
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Hi I figured this solution.  Hope this helps some body.  If you do not know how to make linux mint cd.  Here is the link on youtube   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTdiPSf2E0

Thanks
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